Friday, 5 May 2017
Today in rock history 5th May
1948 – Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) is born this day 1963 – On a recommendation by George Harrison, Dick Rowe Head of A&R at Decca records, (and the man who turned down The Beatles), went to see The Rolling Stones play at Crawdaddy Club, London. The band were signed to the label within a week. 1965 – Alan Price announces he is leaving the Animals at the peak of their popularity. He is replaced by Dave Rowberry. 1968 – Buffalo Springfield disbands. 1969 – Creedence Clearwater Revival releases their hit “Bad Moon Rising,” 1970 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “American Woman,” Guess Who. 1973 – David Bowie scored his first UK No.1 album when ‘Aladdin Sane’ started a five-week run at the top, featuring the single ‘Drive In Saturday’. 1973 – At Tampa Stadium in Florida, 56,800 Led Zeppelin fans see Led Zeppelin. The band grosses $309,000. At the time the show set a record for the largest paying crowd at an American rock concert. 1984 – Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr married Chrissie Hynde in a horse drawn carriage in Central Park, New York. 1986 – Ahmet Ertegun announces that Cleveland will be the site of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 1990 – A tribute concert to John Lennon organized by his widow Yoko Ono draws less than one-third of the expected 45,000 fans in Liverpool, England. 1990 – During a North American tour Nirvana appeared at the Einstein-A-Go-Go in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. 1995 – Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler was arrested on a felony count of possession of heroin, as well as two misdemeanour drug charges. 1996 – Rage Against The Machine went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Evil Empire’. 1997 – Bruce Springsteen is awarded Sweden’s Polar Music Prize. It’s considered the musical equivalent of the Nobel Prize. 2002 – Two disc jockeys from Denver’s KRFX-FM, Rick Lewis and Michael Floorwax, stopped a live radio interview with Detroit rocker Ted Nugent after he used derogatory racial terms for Asians and Blacks. The station received dozens of complaints. 2005 – Bruce Springsteen tops the U.S. album charts with Devils & Dust, a largely acoustic offering not featuring his E Street Band.